I would love it if my child didn't use the computer until they were 5/6/7. What are they possibly going to gain from sitting staring at a computer screen at that age? I want them to be experiencing real life and learning social skills. Plenty of time for computers later. Bet there aren't many 10 year olds who hate computers or can't use one farily well.
I do wonder what they are actually learning at such a young age. It seems to be wither reinforcing their language/mathematical skills or learning mouse control.
nappyaddict, I think I would prefer it if DD's nursery didn't have a computer (They didn't when DS! was there and it has in no way adversly affected his computer skills). She spends long enough at home on the computer (IMo), and also spends an hour a week (sometimes upto 2) on the internet when we are at the gym waiting for her brothers doing their Tae Kwon Do (sp?) So has ample chance of pracicing hour mouse and keyboard skills.
However, I think there is a place for computers in learning, and am more than happy for reception classrooms to have computers - infact I would be disapointed if they didn't.
I wasn't sure about pre-schools becaus the dc never went to one (2 year waiting list and we moved into the area late) and I didn;t know if the village hall type pre-school whcihour local one is would have computer facilities.
I think its great that young children learn computer skills. Anything that rewards manual dexterity, co-ordination and thinking skills.
Of course it all has to be within the context of a wide range of activities.
DS1 uses the computer at preschool (and at home sometimes), but also does lots of physical activities too. I don't see what the issue is really; computers are part of everyday life these days, so why shouldn't children learn how to use them (in moderation obviously)?
I wouldn't be happy if he was sat in front of a screen all day though.
ds pre school have a computer that they can use but as there are lots of things going on they don't seem that interested in it. it's like chocolate the more you ban it the more you want it! i like the computer being around